Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Robert Mugabe Accumulated Riches as Zimbabwe Crumbled. Here's What We Know About His Money

Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe for 37 years even as his country suffered enormous economic hardships, resigned Tuesday.

The longtime president stands accused of widespread human rights abuses and squashing meaningful political dissent. All the while, he appears to have enriched himself and his family at the expense of both his fellow citizens and others in the region.

“It’s long been suspected that Robert Mugabe, his family, and close associates have been dipping their hands into state coffers, or otherwise plundering Zimbabwe’s immense natural resource wealth for their own benefit,” Jeffrey Smith, executive director of democracy group Vanguard Africa, told MONEY in an email.

It was not clear immediately what the terms of his departure were. CNN reported earlier this week that the military had agreed to give the 93-year-old longtime president “full immunity for himself and his wife, Grace Mugabe, and for him to keep several of his properties.” ... Robert Mugabe Accumulated Riches as Zimbabwe Crumbled. Here's What We Know About His Money.




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